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The Summer Arts and Learning Academy (SALA) is a five-week summer program engaging 2,200 Baltimore City elementary school children in a dynamic learning environment focused on literacy, math, and art exploration. Every weekday from July 9 to August 10 at eight Baltimore City Public Schools, eager students will explore a variety of art forms in a unique arts-integrated setting led by Teaching Artists and Apprentices (you!) paired with Baltimore City school teachers.
Why is this important? Studies show that over the summer, children from low-income families can lose two to three months in reading while their higher-income peers make slight gains. Most youth lose about two months of math skills in the summer. By fifth grade, summer learning loss (or the “summer slide”) can leave low-income students 2 1/2 to 3 years behind their peers. The Summer Arts and Learning Academy uses a successful and creative arts integration approach to stop that slide. Our results show this method works. In 2016, students who attended SALA returned to school with less summer learning loss in literacy and significant gains in their math skills than their peers in other summer programs – and with enthusiasm instilled by the artists and teachers who inspired them.
As a Teaching Artist at SALA, you will collaborate with a Baltimore City schools teacher to develop and deliver two 90-minute daily classroom sessions that blend your art with math and literacy. For example, students could learn fractions by playing the steel drum, understand figurative language by writing a hip-hop song, or capture the rising action of a story in an illustration.
The afternoons are where Teaching Artist Apprentices have their opportunity to shine, working with teaching artists to facilitate a deeper dive into the art forms with students.
Through your creativity and guidance, your students will learn critical lessons, grow socially and emotionally, and develop their imagination with you as their guide and role model.
See arts integration in action:
View photos from the Academy
Meet some of our Teaching Artists
And the opportunity doesn’t end in August! Summer Arts Corps Teaching Artists are introduced to opportunities with Young Audiences to bring art into the classroom during the school year – and earn more money!
Full day and half day teaching positions available. Click here to learn more.
Questions about SALA? See our FAQ.